SPEAKING UP: President Donald Trump and Rep. Elijah Cummings
REP. ELIJAH Cummings said he met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday (March 8), and told him why the way he's described African-American communities is “insulting.”
Trump often painted black communities in a very negative light during his presidential campaign, and Cummings shared why these opinions are "hurtful" to black people.
“I want you to realise that all African-American communities are not places of depression and where people are being harmed," he said.
"When we hear those words about carnage and we are living in depressed situations, I told him it was very hurtful.”
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Cummings said Trump had said that he would change the language he used to describe black communities.
“He shook his head and said, ‘You got a point there, you’re absolutely right, I’m gonna change that language.’”
Cummings also told the news channel that he had confronted Trump over his promised investigation of voter fraud, saying that such fraud is nonexistent and urged him to investigate voter suppression instead.
According to The Huffington Post The White House did not immediately reply to a request for comment regarding Trump’s conversation with Cummings.